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Around FVTC, Spring 2019

Spring 2019

Mar 13, 2019

A quick look at what's making news at Fox Valley Technical College. For more FVTC news, visit the NewsCenter.

Field Tested

New combine simulator puts students in the field anytime.​

  Combine agriculture simulator

A new combine simulator at Fox Valley Technical College is a virtual ride through any farm field and field condition. The simulation gives agriculture students from five different programs another high-tech learning tool.

“It’s a really fun way to practice behind the wheel,” says double major Sheila Weninger, who is pursuing degrees in Agribusiness Science and Technology with Agronomy and in Precision Agriculture. “For students with little experience on a farm, the simulator also builds confidence in a safe and comfortable setting.”

Weninger noted that agriculture is all about precision when it comes to optimizing the process of planting and harvesting. “Most combines rely on GPS systems these days,” she adds. “Knowing how to operate something like this makes a big difference in monitoring yield and cost per acre.”

Supported by a grant from the Wisconsin Technical College System, the simulator is housed in the Service Motor Company Agriculture Center on the Appleton campus.


Made to Serve

In-demand careers in the service industry ​

The opening of Trilogy Salon & Spa is the talk of the Appleton campus as part of four new programs in human services available in fall of 2019 at Fox Valley Technical College.

The spacious lab houses the new Cosmetology and Esthetician technical diploma programs, as well as Therapeutic Massage. Students are learning various aspects of hair styling, makeup, nails, skincare and more.

In addition, an associate degree in Human Services and a technical diploma that prepares learners for a career as a human services assistant are now offered. These programs exemplify a national shortage for human service professionals.

Learn more about Trilogy Salon & Spa >>

News Briefs

Completers of both the Starting Point 2.0 and EmpowHER programs were recognized during a special ceremony in December. In collaboration with B.A.B.E.S and the Women’s Fund for the Fox Valley Region, a third cohort of Starting Point 2.0 students learned life skills designed to prepare them for college success while overcoming unexpected barriers and emotional hurdles. While taking classes, students engaged their young children in age-appropriate early childhood education as well. The initiative addresses generational poverty by bringing families together to share their learning experiences. Students from EmpowHER made up the other part of the ceremony as the program’s first completers. EmpowHER mirrors the same learning objectives as Starting Point 2.0 but is intended for women without children. Learn more about these programs >>

Becky Boulanger has been named executive director of the FVTC Foundation and Community & Legislative Relations. Boulanger served most recently as executive director of the Women’s Fund for the Fox Valley Region where she worked as operations manager for four years prior to assuming the directorship position in 2009. Read more >>
Dr. Jennifer Lanter joins FVTC as the dean of General Studies. She comes to FVTC most recently from serving in the same role at Moraine Park Technical College. Prior to that, Lanter served as an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay for eight years. Read more >>

Mike Cattelino, machine tool technician instructor, was named chair of the Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs charitable foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International. The organization supports individuals in discovering career pathways in manufacturing. Read more >>